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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston...
This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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Move industry that pollutes water away from the water

The Atlantic Ocean is a beautiful gem. I'm not sure how clean this water is with so much industry and cars but it looks nice.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

The Atlantic Ocean is a beautiful gem. I'm not sure how clean this water is with so much industry and cars but it looks nice.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The Boston Harbor Islands are just beautiful. It is so easy to get to Spectacle or Georges from the ferries that leave Long Wharf. Spectacle is serene while Georges has Fort Warren which is an old Civil War fort that is made for exploring. The ferry is very reasonable ($17 for an adult at the time of this review, August... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We took the boat to one the harbour islands and it was great. The boat stops at about 3 islands and you can get off at any one and catch the next boat an hour later.

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

After a couple of days in downtown Boston for a business conference I was ready to get away from the crowds. The islands proved a perfect place, especially as I got out further. For one ticket you can take as may ferry rides in the day as you can fit in. Based on rangers advice, I headed out to Peddock's... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

On a hot summer's day in Boston one of the nicest things to do is leave behind the City's heat and humidity by purchasing a $17 pass, good for all ferries, all day, and board a Boston Harbor Cruises ferry at Long Wharf (next to the Marriott Hotel) bound for either Georges Island or Spectacle Island. Ferries depart every other... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I was wanting to go for years and finally went last year; going again today! One of the best, inexpensive hidden jewels of living near Boston.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went on the mid-winter tour of the islands. They run one tour during winter and daily during spring/summer. The winter tour is great as it is not crowded and the park service opens it all up for one day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great day trip out to the islands! Went to Fort Warren, loved seeing the old fort & buildings. It was a nice boat ride over with a good breeze on a hot day. Boat rides were reasonably priced, there are food concessions on the island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I'm always looking for National Parks facilities when we travel. What a pleasant surprise it was to find that the NPS run tours out to some of the islands in Boston Harbor! We chose the Boston Light tour out to Little Brewster island. We met the park rangers at the visitors center kiosk in town, near the carousel and Quincy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We love the harbor islands! What a great was to feel thousands of miles outside of the city without having to travel too far getting there. The boats run a pretty tight schedule, and the rangers on the islands are incredibly helpful. Camping is a must do for families looking to introduce their kids to an outdoor adventure.

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston

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